African American Equity Task Force Offers Grants for Community Organizations

The African American Equity Restoration Task Force announces grants up to $25,000 for community programs.

The African American Equity Restoration Task Force has announced a grant funding program for non-profit and community-based organizations that meet its key goals for reinvestment in the East Knoxville community. Grants up to $25,000 are available to fund programs to be carried out between June and December 2024 in the priority areas of Education, Community Investment and Engagement, Homeownership, Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development.

Proposals chosen for funding will specifically support programming, stipends, payments or other services directly related to the key investment areas identified by the Task Force in its Strategic Framework published in December 2023. Task Force Chair Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker emphasizes the importance of these areas in restoring access to opportunities, resources, financial stability, and sustainability for African American citizens in Knoxville.

The deadline to turn in applications by mail, email, or in person is May 10, 2024, by 4:30 p.m. Applicants who wish to have City staff review their applications for completeness must apply by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024. The City’s Office of Community Safety and Empowerment will manage the grant process.

The Task Force was established by City Council resolution in December 2020 to study, review, and identify strategic solutions to improve areas of disparity and disenfranchisement in the East Knoxville community. The Task Force meets on the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m. at different community locations. Additional information about the Task Force, its meetings, the Strategic Framework, and the Resolution by Council to Acknowledge and Apologize for Past Actions Hurting African Americans and to Address Equity Restoration can be found at

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